One of the best things about living in Dallas is that you are only a few hours away from incredible cities. I have posts about what to do in Austin and where to go in McKinney. I just spent the weekend in Georgetown, Texas, which is only about 2 hours and 45 minutes from Dallas and loved it. It’s perfect for friends, couples and families, and there is so much to do!
Where to Eat:
- Hard Count Kitchen & Cocktails: We ate here for dinner and it was very crowded! We ate the nachos (a bit messy to eat but so worth it) that were chile lime tostadas topped with slow roasted tinga chicken, queso, spicy pinto beans, pico de gallo, habanero crema, and cilantro. For the main course we ate the Jamburger that consisted of an angus patty, bourbon bacon jam, onion rings, spinach, and bleu cheese crumbles. SO GOOD. The Cue’d Chicken pizza was made of house BBQ sauce, cheddar jack, grilled chicken, and red onions.
- Goodfolks: This was probably our favorite meal in Georgetown. We started with the Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts that came with candied pecans and scallions (it wasn’t spicy). For the main course we ordered the Four Tender Basket that came with two honey butter biscuits (YUM), dipping sauces, (we did their house sauce and ranch) and two sides (we did the good slaw and upgraded to the truffle mac and cheese for the second side) as well as the Crispy Chicken Sandwich that consisted of a crispy chicken breast, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and basil aioli (one of the best crispy chicken sandwiches I have ever had).
- Monument Cafe: There was a little bit of a wait but it was worth it. It seems to be one of the most popular places for breakfast in the area. They give you one complimentary biscuit per person when you sit down (win!). We ordered the Eggs Benedict that came with two poached eggs and glazed ham on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce and home fries, and Corned Beef Hash that came with two eggs any style, crispy potatoes, house-made corned beef, caramelized onions, and poblano peppers.
- Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill: They bring each person a piece of cornbread (always a pleasant surprise!). We started with the Flash Fried Oyster Shooters which came on blue corn tostadas with mango relish and habanero aioli. The main dishes were Texas Steak Eggs Benedict that came with seared tenderloin, pico de gallo, and poached eggs with chipotle hollandaise and farm fresh potatoes, and Green pork and eggs which was slow roasted pork cooked with hatch pepper sauce, topped with mixed cheese, eggs and pickled peppers, served with puréed black beans, farm fresh potatoes, and flour tortillas.
- Kyoto: For appetizers we did egg rolls, edamame (I always need to order edamame any time I go to an Asian restuarant), harumaki which is japanese style crab meat mix wrapped in crispy spring roll skin with creamy sauce (best appetizer), and kani salad with crab meat mix, avocado and creamy sauce. In terms of rolls we did the Yummy Yummy Roll with crab meat mix, avocado, tuna, salmon, white fish, avocado, spicy mayo, and eel sauce, and Shaggy Dog Roll which is shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado, crab sticks, spicy mayo, and eel sauce.
- Galaxy Bakery: I love sweets so we had to go to a bakery! We ordered the Oh lala, vanilla, gingerbread, and lemon & blueberry cupcakes.
What to Do:
- Visit the Town Square as there so many delicious restaurants, bakeries and ice cream shops, an award-winning public library (worth visiting!), and boutiques for amazing shopping.
- Go to a show in The Palace Theater. We went to watch A Tuna Christmas and haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. The whole show was only two men playing various characters and it was seamless…so impressive. We also got a behind-the-scenes tour which was amazing.
- Sweet Eats Adventure Farm and Petting Zoo: It’s about a 20 minute drive from the town square and it was SO fun. We took pictures with Santa, shot an apple from a cannon, and wandered around a petting zoo where there were sheep, goats, bunnies, AN ALPACA (dream come true!), pigs and many others. There were also many games, a corn maze, and a store with delicious treats for sale.
Where to Stay:
- Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center: The hotel had the most gorgeous holiday decorations (I LOVE Christmas), the staff was really friendly, and the rooms are a good size (the bathroom mirror has the best lightning). It has a 24-hour gym, outdoor heated pool, and Brix and Ale for food and cocktails. It is pet-friendly and they give you a bed, bowls and poop bags for your furry friends. The property is less than a 10 minute drive to the square where there are various restaurants and shops. Oh and free parking!
*Disclosure: I partnered with the Visit Georgetown on this trip but all opinions are my own.